I recently came across this article from Dr. Shira Leibowitz, a colleague from New York, and thought it was a must-read for all principals.
@shiraleibowitz Wow, that's the best article on instructional leadership I've read in a long time. If everyone did what you're doing…
— Justin Baeder (@eduleadership) November 17, 2012
It’s titled “7 Steps To Effective Feedback,” and while you might think it’s a quick list of tips, it’s really an in-depth plan for instructional leadership and supporting staff growth, based on Dr. Leibowitz’ extensive reading, professional development, and experience as a principal.
Principals, at least as I was trained years ago, have been viewed primarily as evaluators, giving “expert” advice and assessment, rather than sharing nonjudgmental observations with teachers for the purpose of professional learning and growth.
Despite the inherent challenges, I have come to recognize that giving feedback effectively to teachers can be among the most significant contributions a principal can make to improving the quality of learning in our schools.
Read the full article at TeacherCast. You’ll spend 5 minutes reading and 10 minutes thinking about your work as an instructional leader.